Does Money Matter in the ECB Strategy? New Evidence Based on ECB Communication
27 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2006
Date Written: January 2006
We examine the role of money in the policies of the ECB, using introductory statements of the ECB President at the monthly press conferences during 1999-2004. Over time, the relative amount of words devoted to the monetary analysis has decreased. Our analysis of indicators of the monetary policy stance suggests that developments in the monetary sector, while somewhat more important in the latter half of the sample, only played a minor role most of the time. Our estimates of ECB interest rate decisions suggest that the ECB's words (monetary-sector based policy intentions) are not an important determinant of its actions.
Keywords: ECB, communication, monetary policy
JEL Classification: E58, E52, E43
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